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From the best-selling author of One Day comes a bittersweet and brilliantly funny coming-of-age tale about the heart-stopping thrill of first love - and how just one summer can forever change a life.

Now: On the verge of marriage and a fresh start, 38-year-old Charlie Lewis finds that he can’t stop thinking about the past and the events of one particular summer.

Then: Sixteen-year-old Charlie Lewis is the kind of boy you don’t remember in the school photograph. He’s failing his classes. At home he looks after his depressed father - when surely it should be the other way round - and if he thinks about the future at all, it is with a kind of dread.

But when Fran Fisher bursts into his life and despite himself, Charlie begins to hope.

In order to spend time with Fran, Charlie must take on a challenge that could lose him the respect of his friends and require him to become a different person. He must join the Company. And if the Company sounds like a cult, the truth is even more appalling: The price of hope, it seems, is Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet learned and performed in a theater troupe over the course of a summer.

Now: Charlie can’t go the altar without coming to terms with his relationship with Fran, his friends, and his former self. Poignant, funny, enchanting, devastating, Sweet Sorrow is a tragicomedy about the rocky path to adulthood and the confusion of family life, a celebration of the reviving power of friendship and that brief, searing explosion of first love that can only be looked at directly after it has burned out. 

©2020 David Nicholls (P)2020 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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  • Andrea Kaplan
  • 21-11-2020

I loved this book

This book was incredibly touching. The performance was delightful. I didn’t expect to enjoy this book but I loved it.

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  • 29-09-2020

loved it!

the narrator did an amazing job! his ability to verbalize the humor made this story even better! bravo!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-09-2020

Great narration!

The story was fine, but the narration of the book with all the inflections, and pauses in the right spot made it perfect!! Really enjoyed listening!

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  • Susan G
  • 04-09-2020

Loved!

This book made me so happy, I didn’t want it to end. Such a perfect, funny, bittersweet, perfect story!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-11-2020

Read by Rory

Against my better judgement I listened to a David Nicholls book, on the request of my Mother. I would have steered clear but she was right it wasn't soppy and read by Rory Kinnear made it a nice read. She talked longer about Rory and his Dad than she did about the book!!

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  • L Douglas
  • 12-09-2020

Beautifully written and indulgent

I rarely enjoy a book as much as I enjoyed this one. The writing is precise and every word carefully placed, and when the brilliant Rory Kinnear reads it, it sounds like poetry. So many novels nowadays are fired out hastily and carelessly, but this one doesn't miss a beat. A true delight with a plot to keep me excited to get back into my car for the next installment. I didn't want it to end.

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  • Ellie Spanos
  • 26-08-2020

No one forgets the passion of their first love

a wonderfully told story against the backdrop of an am-dram production of Romeo and Juliet

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